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Laura Elizabeth Dern is an award-winning American actress, director and producer

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BirthdayFebruary 10, 1967
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Directors
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesBen Harper
Known asLaura Elizabeth Dern
Birth PlaceLos Angeles, California, United States
Height179cm
GenderFemale
FatherBruce Dern
MotherDiane Ladd
Net Worth$12 Million as of Jan 2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inLos Angeles, California, United States
Famous asActress, Director
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Who is Laura Dern?

Laura Elizabeth Dern is an award-winning American actress, known for her riveting performances in TV series and movies. has displayed her acting skillsin movies like ‘Rambling Rose’, ‘Wild’, ‘Mask’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Citizen Ruth’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.For her performance in ‘Rambling Rose’, she was nominated for an Academy Award. She will next be seen as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in the highly anticipated film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. She has also played major roles in TV series like ‘Ellen’, ‘F Is for Family’, ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Twin Peaks’. The actress has won on three occasions at the Golden Globe Awards for her outstanding performances in ‘Afterburn’, ‘Recount’ and ‘Enlightened’. She has even bagged a few awards at the Primetime Emmy Awards for her acting in the HBO series, ‘Big Little Lies’. Like many stars, Laura too, has been very vocal against sexual assaults on female movie stars in the industry.

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Childhood & Early Life

Laura Elizabeth Dernwas born on February 10, 1967 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She is the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, who were actors themselves. Her great grandfather, George Dern, was the former Governor of Utah and Secretary of War.

Laura’s parents divorced in 1969 and hence she lost touch with her father at a very young age. She was then brought up by her mother and grandmother who were ardent Roman Catholics.

Laura had a tough time growing up as she was extremely tall when compared to her classmates. While still in her teens, she was 1.78 meters tall and was often teased by her classmates for her slouching figure and big feet.

At the tender age of nine, Dern started attending the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Instituteto study acting. She emancipated from her mother at the age of 13, when Diane Ladd objected to her being cast in ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’.

Career

Her first acting role was in the 1973 movie, ‘White Lightning’. But success came to her only when she played one of the lead characters in the 1980 movie, ‘Foxes’. The movie premiered on February 29 and her performance was praised.

In 1981, Laura Dern appeared in the TV series ‘Shannon’ and later went on to star in the role of Jessica McNeil in ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’. Her performance in the moviewon her the Miss Golden Globe award.

Dern then appeared in a number of minor roles in TV movies like‘Happy Endings’ and ‘The Three Wishes of Billy Grier’. She also received critical acclaim for her role as Diane in the satirical comedy-drama film ‘Teachers’.

She landed two major roles in 1985, which established her as a bankable star in the industry. She first appeared as Diana in the biographical drama, ‘Mask’, which also starred Cher and then played the lead role of Connie in the thriller, ‘Smooth Talk’.

1986 was the year that saw Dern team up with the legendary director David Lynch for the first time. She portrayed the role of Sandy Williams in the crime-thriller, ‘Blue Velvet’. She would go on to work with Lynch in four other movies throughout her career.

In spite of being praised for her acting, Dern only enjoyed moderate success from 1988 to 1990. During this phase, she starred in movies like ‘Haunted Summer’ and ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’, and in the TV series, ‘Nightmare Classics’. She also played small roles in ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted’.

In 1991, she portrayed the lead role in the drama movie, ‘Rambling Rose’. Interestingly, her mother was also a part of the cast. The movie premiered on September 20, and both Laura and Diane were nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awardsin 1992.

By 1993, Laura was already an established star in Hollywood and this led to her being cast in the lead role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, alongside Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in the groundbreaking blockbuster, ‘Jurassic Park’. She was also cast by Clint Eastwood in ‘A Perfect World’, the same year.

The actress was seen in the 1995 TV movie, ‘Down Came a Blackbird’ and then lent her voice fora character named June in the series ‘Frasier’. The next year, she portrayed the role of Ruth Stoops in Alexander Payne’s directorial venture,‘Citizen Ruth’.

Laura Dern appeared in the role of Susan in the TV series,‘Ellen’. Her character was seen in two episodes. In ‘The Puppy Episode’, aired on April 30, 1997, she played a lesbian who goads Ellen to come out. The episode was famous because it was the actual coming out of Ellen DeGeneres as a lesbian and that caused a huge controversy.

From 1999 to 2001, Dern acted in movies like, ‘A Season for Miracles’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Novocaine’, ‘Focus’, ‘I Am Sam’ and ‘Goose’. She had a minor role in ‘Jurassic Park 3’ as well.

From 2002 to 2003, the actress started appearing more on TV. She played US Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis in the TV series, ‘The West Wing’ and Linda Peeno in the critically acclaimed TV movie, ‘Damaged Care’. She also lent her voice forcharacters Katherine and Serving Wench in the animated series, ‘King of the Hill’.

2004 saw the actress playing the role of Terry Linden in the award-winning movie, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’. She was nominated for the second best performing actress at the Seattle Film Critics Awards.

David Lynch cast her in the movie ‘Inland Empire’ in 2006, and she also had a small role in ‘Lonely Hearts’. The next year, Dern starred in the comedy movie, ‘Year of the Dog’.

The 2008 TV movie ‘Recount’, starring Dern and the likes of Kevin Spacey, earned her a Golden Globe Award. In the next few years, she appeared in several movies like ‘Tenderness’and ‘Everything Must Go’.

Dern was then cast in the lead role of Amy Jellicoe in the 2011 HBO drama series, ‘Enlightened’.Shewas praised by the critics fornicely portrayingthe role of a self-destructive woman, looking to live an enlightened life.

In 2014, Dern was seen in a number of TV series and movies like,‘Kroll Show’, ‘Drunk History’, ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ and ‘99 Homes’. She also played the role of Shailene Woodley’s mother in the romantic hit ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.She thenreceived an Academy Awards nomination for her acting in ‘Wild’.

In the year 2017, she appeared in several award-winning TV shows. She won awards for her portrayal of Renata Klein in ‘Big Little Lies’. She is also voiceacting in the animated series ‘F Is for Family’, and has been cast as Diane Evans in the series, ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.

She is also playing the role of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in the upcoming movie, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.

Recognition

Although she has played a number of roles over the years, her role in ‘Jurassic Park’ remains to be one of the most memorable roles ever played by the actress. Made on a budget of US$63 million, the Steven Spielberg directed movie grossed US$1.029 billion.

Awards & Achievements

In 1993, Dern won a Golden Globe under the category, Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for ‘Afterburn’.

She won again at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards for ‘Recount’. She won under the category,Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Laura won another award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for ‘Enlightened’.

At the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, she won under the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Moviecategory for ‘Big Little Lies’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Laura Dern was married to musician Ben Harper until their divorce on September 2013. She was also engaged to Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton for some time after her divorce.

The brilliant actress actively supports charities like ‘Healthy Child Healthy World’ and has been raising awareness for Down syndrome.

On October 18, 2017, she admitted that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 14.

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Laura Dern awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

2018Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBig Little Lies (2017)
2012Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalEnlightened (2011)
2009Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRecount (2008)
1993Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAfterburn (1992)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2017Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or MovieBig Little Lies (2017)

Laura Dern biography timelines

  • // 10th Feb 1967
    Laura Elizabeth Dernwas born on February 10, 1967 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She is the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, who were actors themselves. Her great grandfather, George Dern, was the former Governor of Utah and Secretary of War.
  • // 1969
    Laura’s parents divorced in 1969 and hence she lost touch with her father at a very young age. She was then brought up by her mother and grandmother who were ardent Roman Catholics.
  • // 1973
    Her first acting role was in the 1973 movie, ‘White Lightning’. But success came to her only when she played one of the lead characters in the 1980 movie, ‘Foxes’. The movie premiered on February 29 and her performance was praised.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, Laura Dern appeared in the TV series ‘Shannon’ and later went on to star in the role of Jessica McNeil in ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’. Her performance in the moviewon her the Miss Golden Globe award.
  • // 1985
    She landed two major roles in 1985, which established her as a bankable star in the industry. She first appeared as Diana in the biographical drama, ‘Mask’, which also starred Cher and then played the lead role of Connie in the thriller, ‘Smooth Talk’.
  • // 1986
    1986 was the year that saw Dern team up with the legendary director David Lynch for the first time. She portrayed the role of Sandy Williams in the crime-thriller, ‘Blue Velvet’. She would go on to work with Lynch in four other movies throughout her career.
  • // 1988
    In spite of being praised for her acting, Dern only enjoyed moderate success from 1988 to 1990. During this phase, she starred in movies like ‘Haunted Summer’ and ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’, and in the TV series, ‘Nightmare Classics’. She also played small roles in ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted’.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, she portrayed the lead role in the drama movie, ‘Rambling Rose’. Interestingly, her mother was also a part of the cast. The movie premiered on September 20, and both Laura and Diane were nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awardsin 1992.
  • // 1993
    By 1993, Laura was already an established star in Hollywood and this led to her being cast in the lead role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, alongside Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in the groundbreaking blockbuster, ‘Jurassic Park’. She was also cast by Clint Eastwood in ‘A Perfect World’, the same year.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, Dern won a Golden Globe under the category, Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for ‘Afterburn’.
  • // 1995
    The actress was seen in the 1995 TV movie, ‘Down Came a Blackbird’ and then lent her voice fora character named June in the series ‘Frasier’. The next year, she portrayed the role of Ruth Stoops in Alexander Payne’s directorial venture,‘Citizen Ruth’.
  • // 1997
    Laura Dern appeared in the role of Susan in the TV series,‘Ellen’. Her character was seen in two episodes. In ‘The Puppy Episode’, aired on April 30, 1997, she played a lesbian who goads Ellen to come out. The episode was famous because it was the actual coming out of Ellen DeGeneres as a lesbian and that caused a huge controversy.
  • // 1999
    From 1999 to 2001, Dern acted in movies like, ‘A Season for Miracles’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Novocaine’, ‘Focus’, ‘I Am Sam’ and ‘Goose’. She had a minor role in ‘Jurassic Park 3’ as well.
  • // 2002
    From 2002 to 2003, the actress started appearing more on TV. She played US Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis in the TV series, ‘The West Wing’ and Linda Peeno in the critically acclaimed TV movie, ‘Damaged Care’. She also lent her voice forcharacters Katherine and Serving Wench in the animated series, ‘King of the Hill’.
  • // 2004
    2004 saw the actress playing the role of Terry Linden in the award-winning movie, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’. She was nominated for the second best performing actress at the Seattle Film Critics Awards.
  • // 2006
    David Lynch cast her in the movie ‘Inland Empire’ in 2006, and she also had a small role in ‘Lonely Hearts’. The next year, Dern starred in the comedy movie, ‘Year of the Dog’.
  • // 2008
    The 2008 TV movie ‘Recount’, starring Dern and the likes of Kevin Spacey, earned her a Golden Globe Award. In the next few years, she appeared in several movies like ‘Tenderness’and ‘Everything Must Go’.
  • // 2009
    She won again at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards for ‘Recount’. She won under the category,Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
  • // 2011
    Dern was then cast in the lead role of Amy Jellicoe in the 2011 HBO drama series, ‘Enlightened’.Shewas praised by the critics fornicely portrayingthe role of a self-destructive woman, looking to live an enlightened life.
  • // 2012
    Laura won another award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for ‘Enlightened’.
  • // 2013
    Laura Dern was married to musician Ben Harper until their divorce on September 2013. She was also engaged to Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton for some time after her divorce.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Dern was seen in a number of TV series and movies like,‘Kroll Show’, ‘Drunk History’, ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ and ‘99 Homes’. She also played the role of Shailene Woodley’s mother in the romantic hit ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.She thenreceived an Academy Awards nomination for her acting in ‘Wild’.
  • // 2017
    In the year 2017, she appeared in several award-winning TV shows. She won awards for her portrayal of Renata Klein in ‘Big Little Lies’. She is also voiceacting in the animated series ‘F Is for Family’, and has been cast as Diane Evans in the series, ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.
  • // 2017
    At the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, she won under the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Moviecategory for ‘Big Little Lies’.
  • // 2017
    On October 18, 2017, she admitted that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 14.

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Laura Dern's FAQ

  • What is Laura Dern birthday?

    Laura Dern was born at 1967-02-10

  • Where is Laura Dern's birth place?

    Laura Dern was born in Los Angeles, California, United States

  • What is Laura Dern nationalities?

    Laura Dern's nationalities is American

  • Who is Laura Dern spouses?

    Laura Dern's spouses is Ben Harper

  • How tall is Laura Dern?

    Laura Dern's height is 179

  • Who is Laura Dern's father?

    Laura Dern's father is Bruce Dern

  • Who is Laura Dern's mother?

    Laura Dern's mother is Diane Ladd

  • What is Laura Dern's sun sign?

    Laura Dern is Aquarius

  • How famous is Laura Dern?

    Laura Dern is famouse as Actress, Director

  • What is Laura Dern's twitter?

    Laura Dern's twitter is https://twitter.com/lauradern